Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

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Ajar Stud Farm
Hacking on purebred Arabian horses - less highly strung steeds available for the timid.
Akademkniga
For the best maps of hiking in Kazakhstan.
Aksai Gorge
Liberate your soul from material worries and visit the monks in this monastery.
Akzhol Travel
Great tour providers for those looking to get to grips with Kazakhstani culture.
Almaty Guide
Almaty guru Karlygash Makatova knows and translates everything cool about Almaty.
Almaty Health and Spa Resort
An estate retreat not far from the city, with fabulous facilities.
Almaty Hippodrome
If you prefer to watch horses rather than ride them then in Almaty the HippodRome is the place to be.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Aquarius Wellness Club
Ultimate bliss at the Royal Tulip Hotel, with a great gym, hammam, and extensive beauty treatments.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
Arial Golf Club
A decent club for beginner or junior players, with reasonable prices to match.
ArtBatFest
An interactive art festival, ArtBatFest is a great place to wander for flashmobs, photography exhibitions and experimental theatre.
Asanov Shooting Club
Have a go at marksmanship, with displays and contests to whet your appetite.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Bali Spa Centre
Big Almaty Lake
A great spot for being at one with nature - and huge amounts of water.
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Chaba Spa
Charyn Canyon
Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Charyn are a little smaller, but no less spectacular.
Delta Car
Eagle Hunting
The most exhilarating (legal) experience in Kazakhstan.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Galina Kosjakova
She can fly! Balloon trips with a female pilot.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Ile River
Perfect for a lazy boat ride gazing at the steppes at they unroll to the horizon.
Ile River Delta
A trip to the immense Ile River Delta might not be quick or cheap but it's certainly an unforgettable experience. Certainly it'll make you fall in love with the country hook line and sinker.
Int’l Jazz Fest
High calibre, traditional jazz is on the cards at this festival.
Issyk Lake & Turgen Gorge
Hiking or biking amongst waterfalls cliffs and fir trees is the order of the day at Turgen Gorge a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
Jibek Joly
Specialists in excursions - Charyn Canyon and Turgen Gorge.
Kan Tengri
Eco-friendly tour company with a deservedly stellar reputation.
Kazakh State Circus
The performers here are amongst the best riders in the world, and their astounding stunts are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping at the start of your evening.
Kolsai Lakes
Ever wanted to sleep in a yurt, wake up to views of a sparkling shimmering lake and spend the day riding to your heart's content? Here you are then.
Lake Kapchagai
Legendary for it's outdoor parties, Lake Kapchagai rules the summers.
Max Travel Star
Individual and weekend tours, with special emphasis on lake and fishing ventures.
Medeu Skating Rink
Skating has such romantic connotations - crisp skies, frosted breath and red cheeks - all come to life at Almaty's Medeo ice stadium.
Nurtau Golf Club
A professional club - Colin Montgomerie challenged the Kazakhstani President here in 2004.

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